Patricia Bray (pbray) wrote,

A belated Xmas gift to myself

Back in 2012 when my beloved ASUS netbook died right before I was leaving on vacation, I replaced it with an ASUS Transformer, a tablet with optional keyboard attachment. The tablet works fine for websurfing and typing short bits of text. But it's always been a pain to use when you have the keyboard attached. The cursor has a habit of jumping unexpectedly as you type, and it's incredibly easy to hit the send key by accident. All my friends know that any email from me that unexpectedly ends in the middle of a sentence will be followed by another with the missing text and a string of curses directed at the ASUS. Googling revealed that I'm not the only one who has these issues--it's apparently a design problem.

And the Android operating system can be a pain--many websites assume that I'm on a mobile phone and don't give me the option to click thru to a full featured version of their website.

I've put up with this for about a year and a half, but I've finally lost my patience. So I'm looking at possible replacements, and the Microsoft Surface is at the top of the list. I don't want to join the church of Apple so an iPad is out, and I've heard good things about the Surface from friends. Though I can't help feeling guilty at the idea of replacing a tablet that is still perfectly functional--normally I only replace electronics after they have catastrophically failed.

Think tomorrow I'll head over to the store and take a look at what's available in the post-Xmas sales.
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